Perkins missed the last two weeks of the regular season due to a forearm injury, but said that's no longer a problem. He took two weeks off once the season concluded, and went for a precautionary MRI just to make sure the injury wasn't serious. "I took two weeks off and started doing shoulder stuff as part of the rehab to strengthen it and everything went well," Perkins said. "I started throwing again in mid-December. The way I've been able to ramp up throwing, everything has been good."
The 31-year-old Perkins posted a 3.65 ERA over 61 2/3 innings last season.Analysis:
Alburquerque originally filed for $2.05 million in arbitration while Detroit offered $1.375 million, according to Heyman. The team made the deal official Sunday, avoiding arbitration.
The five-year veteran went 3-1 in 2014 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games.Analysis:
In 2014, Duensing went 3-3 with a 3.31 ERA.Analysis:
Doolittle also has considerable inflammation in his shoulder and has received a PRP injection. The team will re-evaluate Doolittle at a later date before determining the next step. Doolittle had 22 saves in 2014 with 89 strikeouts and a 2.73 ERA.Analysis:
"I slipped up in my workouts," Krol said. "In season, my work ethic wasn't as hard as it is in the offseason."
Krol was acquired in the four-player trade that sent former Tigers starter Doug Fister to Washington. He got off to a strong start, posting an ERA of 3.38 in April and an ERA of 1.59 in May. Krol landed on the disabled list in June with shoulder inflammation, and was never the same. He finished with a 4.96 ERA with a 1.684 WHIP in 32 2/3 innings for the Tigers last season.
Krol's solution this offseason was to add approximately 15 pounds to his frame, in hopes of being able to handle a heavier workload, along with additional velocity to his fastball.
"One thing I'm trying to get a grasp on is being consistent throughout the season," Krol said. "I need to have a workout regiment throughout the week throughout the season to keep me healthy.
"I don't think the workload was too much. I just think it was my fault by not catching up or keeping up with my arm exercises or getting in the gym."Analysis:
Nathan admitted that he doesn't want people to think he's washed up after last year. "I don’t want people thinking that I’m done," he said. "I think coming into not just the spring, but coming into the season, I want to prove to myself and other people I still have something left in the tank."
In order to get off to a quicker start, Nathan decided to work more on his agility during the offseason. "It’s almost like I’m going back to the younger days as far as agility-type stuff and seeing if we can get some more in my legs, keep my spring in my legs, as opposed to just doing squats and squats and squats," he said.
Nathan added that he's lifting more weight than he ever has, and said his range of motion has improved. The 40-year-old Nathan posted a 4.81 ERA over 58 innings last year.Analysis:
“I would like to start, but I understand the situation,” Sanchez said. ”We have a good team this year and have a chance to win a lot of ballgames. If that means me pitching at the back-end of the bullpen helps this team win more games, then obviously that’s what I’m here to do.”
Sanchez reiterated he would be comfortable if the team asked him to close out games.
“I find myself in one-run ball games almost every time out,” he said. “That’s what I live for. I’d rather have the game in my hands than anyone else’s, so I learned to go out there and attack these guys.”Analysis:
Crain is throwing from 120 feet and feels good, according to CSN Chicago. Crain pitched for the White Sox from 2011-13.Analysis:
The 31-year-old Meek spent last season moving between the majors and the minors with the Orioles. He posted a 5.79 ERA over 23 1/3 innings in the majors. Meek was outrighted to Triple-A in October, but decided to reject the move, becoming a free-agent. The deal includes an invite to spring training.Analysis: